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......a sometimes self-deprecating and occasional tongue-in-cheek look at ourselves and the world around us ......



Sunday, 24 May 2009

 .Newsletter 0237


News you won't find on CNN!






(Please note: these slides are wmv files and require Windows Media Player to play them)


The dawn gathering

Getting to the starting line

At the finish line

     (Part 1); (Part 2); (Part 3); (Part 4); (Part 5)

Meanwhile back at the ranch....

     (Part 1); (Part 2); (Part 3)


     (Part 1); (Part 2)

The End


Photos captured by Farouk Joosab (CresWalk2009's official photographer) and Yahya Hasham




Click here for your race times.


Please note: Not all entrants have been scanned, particularly those who completed only part of the course.

The CresWalk2009 Lost and Found Department


Do any of the following items left behind at Orleigh Park last Sunday belong to you?


Call 0402 026 786 or email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org to claim them.


If they are not retrieved by their rightful owners they will be disposed of at the Muslim Welfare shop at the end of June.

Crescents of Brisbane reiterates our Vote of Thanks and acknowledges the support of the many people who helped make this year's event the resounding success it was.



The Ultimate Human Race


The grueling 89km Comrades Marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in South Africa (click on image on left) is on today (Sunday 24 May).


The race starts at 5.30am (1.30pm Brisbane time) at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg and finishes off at 5.30pm (1.30am Brisbane time) at Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead in Durban.


If you have any family members of friends taking part you can follow their progress at www.comrades.com.


Ex-Brisbanite (the jury is still out on that one!), Dr. Anver Omar (Race number 53276), will be amongst the 13 000 runners hitting the road this afternoon (Brisbane time).


In a Skype conversation with CCN last night, 8 hours before the start of the run, Anver had this to say about his preparations for the big day:


I’m ready for  Comrades .  For the purists, my recent weekend training times have been two 21 km’s in 1 hour 41 and 1 hour 42, a 25 km in 2 hours 10,  a 52 km in 5 hours 10, a 56 km in 5 hours 48. Daily 8.5 km beach runs have been at around 39 mins.


One of the training runs was in Cape Town. The scenery (see below) was spectacular. One bloke died after 21 km but apart from that the day went well.


So I think I’m ready.  This is a 89 km “down run” from Pietermaritzburg to Durban so I hope to beat the 9 hours 50 for the last down run.


The run is on Sunday. I leave for Australia on Monday and am back at the Cairns private practice for a Wednesday start. Nearly 4 weeks there and then onto a government job in Darwin before returning to South Africa for the fasting month starting August 20th


You can check if I’ve snuffed it on  http://www.comrades.com

Anver Omar takes a break from his training on one of Durban's

beaches to admire a sand version of one of the 2010 World Cup

Stadiums currently being built

The Two Oceans Route in Cape Town




Good luck, Anver. CCN will be tracking you all the way to the finish!




The Brisbane Muslim Burial Services (BMBS) operates the ghusl facilities at the Kuraby Mosque and they assist with funeral arrangements and with performing Ghusl for the deceased within the local community.

BMBS also provides an SMS service to the community by sending out an SMS message of funerals taking place in Brisbane and the Gold Coast to mobile numbers on their database.

If you would like to receive their SMS messages, send your mobile number by e-mail to janaza786@hotmail.com, to be included in their database.


You can find more detailed information on their services here.

Another PhD Academic Excellence for GIRU


Dr Mohamad Abdalla, Founding Director, Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU), announced thsi week that Mahmood Nathie had just received the University's Doctoral confirmation letter and that he, like Dr Halim Rane before him, has achieved academic excellence for his outstanding PhD thesis.


"Like Halim's examiners, Mahmood's examiners were some of the world's best in the field," Dr. Abdalla said.

"You all know that Halim also won the Chancellor's Medal for Academic Excellence. Mahmood has also been informed that he will be nominated for the Chancellor's Medal for 2010."

Halim and Mahmood are GIRU's first two PhD graduates.


All about the GFC at the MBN








The Muslim Business Network held the first in its series of lecture seminars at the Springwood Towers last week.


Professor Michael E. Drew of the Griffith University Business School spoke on the causes of the current global financial crisis in an entertaining and informative way tying together all the pieces of the jigsaw that has seen the financial markets in the state that they are currently in.



Islamic Books Available Online


The following website has a comprehensive range of Islamic books that can be downloaded for free:



New AFIC Committees


AFIC held its 45th Annual Congress recently at which elections were also conducted and new appointments made to the executive committee.


Ikebal Patel was elected unanimously as the organization's President.


At the first Executive Committee meeting held last weekend, Asma Akram from Darwin was appointed to head the AFIC Women's Committee.


Heba Ibrahim (pictured right) from Melbourne was similarly appointed to Chair the AFIC Youth Committee.


"Both appointees will be provided with all the support and other resources necessary to ensure that the Muslim women and Youth in Australia are encouraged to actively participate in the affairs of the Australian Muslim community," said Ikebal Patel.

These committees will be named as Muslim Women Australia and Muslim Youth Australia.

Representatives from each State will be invited to be nominated or to volunteer to join these National Committees.


"We seek your suggestions and welcomes ideas and initiatives that AFIC can consider in terms of programs that will uplift the often distorted image of Muslim women and youth to one that is positive, value adding and forward
looking," added Ikebal Patel.

"Collectively Muslim women and youth make up over 70 percent of our community and they should be actively supported. We would appreciate your recommendations on issues that impact directly in the lives and choices of our women and youth."


When is halal meat not halal meat?



Fast food chain KFC is trialling halal meat in certain restaurants, but some Muslims say it hasn't been killed in the correct Islamic way. Catrin Nye asks when is halal meat not halal meat?


It may claim its food is "finger lickin' good", but until recently strict Muslims might have seen a problem with it.

Now fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is trialling halal meat - meaning it has been killed in accordance with Islamic dietary laws - in eight of its UK restaurants. But the trial has sparked a debate over what is and what isn't halal, with some Muslims boycotting the restaurants because they say the meat has not been killed correctly.

The issue is whether meat can be halal if it has been slaughtered using mechanical methods.

Traditionally, halal meat is killed by hand and must be blessed by the person doing the job. But some Muslims say a mechanised form is also now acceptable.

Halal is the description of food and drink Muslims are allowed to consume under Islamic dietary laws defined in the Qur'an and in the sayings of the prophet Muhammad. Classifying of halal food can only be carried out by a Muslim expert in the laws.

The meat is traditionally prepared by slaughtering the animal with a quick cut to the throat with a sharp knife to allow all blood to drain from the animal, the idea being that the meat is cleaner. The slaughterman is required to say the traditional proclamation of faith in one god as the animal is killed.

At present two separate organisations regulate the halal food industry in the UK. The Halal Food Authority (HFA) says using machines is ok, as long as the meat is still blessed. It argues that advances in technology mean methods have to change and though a machine does the killing, the meat is still blessed by a Muslim slaughter-man.

But the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) says animals should be slaughtered by hand and using a machine is not halal and not permissible. It argues mechanisation contradicts a fundamental principle of halal - that the person who slaughters the animal is the same person who recites the words over it.

'Rotten and wrong'

"Halal is a very sacred part of a Muslim's diet and many Muslims do not even know what they are eating when it's certified as halal in this way," says Yunus Dudhwala, chairman of the HMC.

"I think the majority would be very upset to find out that it's been mechanically killed."

KFC says it is following the guidance offered by what it considers a reputable advisor.

"We are working with the Halal Food Authority, one of the most widely recognised bodies in the UK and overseas, who have audited and approved our halal suppliers, distribution and our trial store environments," says a spokesperson for the company.

The debate has prompted calls for a single body to regulate the halal food industry which has a clear set of guidelines on animal slaughter.

"The onus is not on individuals to identify each and every item that they eat, if the seller says it's halal that's enough," says Ajmal Masroor, an Imam and spokesman for the Islamic Society of Britain.


Have your say on the subject at www.ccnforum.ning.com

Research on Australian Muslims


The School of Public Health at Griffith University is currently conducting a research project, which investigates how Australian Muslims achieve a balance between their work and non-work lives.


"I would like to thank the Muslim community for their support and participation in the project, said Dr. Mohamad Abdalla, who is supporting the research work of PhD candidate Adam Sev.


"We are in need of further participants and hence, kindly asking brothers and sisters to complete a confidential survey."


"With large participation, the project will have greater power to increase awareness and inform future government policies that will potentially help brothers and sisters balance their work, family and religion."


For more information on the project, read the information sheet first and save a copy for future reference.


"Please spare ten-minutes of your time to complete this survey online via the link below and press the done button when completed."


The online survey will be completely anonymous.


You will also have the opportunity to win one of two prizes including a SONY PSP or an AUSTRALIA ZOO FAMILY PASS.


Click here to take the survey:



From the IWAQ Desk.......


Galila Abdelsalam (IWAQ Director) and Fatima Abdel-karim (IWAQ President) receiving the 2009 Local Area Multicultural Partnership (L.A.M.P) award from Mayor Pam Parker (Mayor of Logan)


A BIG congratulation to the IWAQ team for winning the 2009 Local Area Multicultural Partnership (L.A.M.P) award.


This is a testament to the tremendous hard work everyone in the team contributes with.

Upcoming Activities:

.. Friday, 5th June: Youth and Police dinner at Aladdin's restaurant.

.. Sunday, 7th June: Fundraising BBQ for ladies' swimming. This is to help in raise some much needed funding for the swimming classes in order to help ladies from refugee background access the swimming activity as a means of forming networks and reduce social isolation. Tickets are $15 for single, $40 for a family of five (2 adults and 3 children) and $5 for extra children.


Parade of Nations


The Department of Education and Training and are currently organising a huge and spectacular show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Boondall on 6 June.


The show is called Creative Generation - State Schools Onstage.


This is part of the Qld 150th Anniversary celebrations.


As part of the show they plan to include a "Parade of Nations" and are seeking approximately 10 - 20 volunteers (adults and children) in their national dress to march on Stage representing their national heritage.


The parade will represent the many nationalities who have chosen to make Queensland their home. Queensland has grown from having this multi national community and is a significant part of Queensland's development since 1859.
They are anticipating audiences of approximately 7,000 people per performance.
Invited guests include Anna Bligh, Premier of Queensland, Queensland Governor Penny Wensley and other distinguished guests.

The show will be televised nationally by of media partner Network Ten.


For more information about Creative Generation and tickets visit their website at www.creativegeneration.deta.qld.gov.au

Full details about the show and the processes at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Boondall will be provided to participating schools and volunteers through the Final Information Book.


"This is a great opportunity for all Queenslanders to celebrate together!" said organizer Talei Schmith

For more information call Talei on 32379894 or email talei.schmith@deta.qld.gov.au.


ICoB to receive $3M


Local primary schools in the Moreton electorate will receive $17.5 million for major new infrastructure projects under Round One of the Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) program.


One of the beneficiaries of this round is the Islamic College of Brisbane (Karawatha) which will receive $3 million to build a new multipurpose hall.


Local Federal Member of Parliament, Graham Perrett said all local primary schools should submit applications for Round Two which closes on 15 May 2009 and Round Three which closes on 10 July 2009.

“This first Round is for 20% of projects, further successful school projects will be announced in the coming months,” he said.


CCN Supporting Local Enterprise


Click on image to enlarge

An Islamic bookstore has opened up. It is shop 1 on 51-55 Station Road, Logan Central 4114, (opposite Woodridge train station). It is the first of its kind!

Some of the items on sale include:

Authentic quality books
Men, women and children's clothing
Black seed
Prayer mats
Children's books and toys
DVDs and audio CDs
And much more!

Your shop owner is Omar and he can be contacted on

04342 87133.

CCN Reader's Discussion Forum


Have your say on www.ccnforum.ning.com


CCN Readers' Book Club: You are what you read!


Would you like to see the cover of your favourite book on our book shelves below?

Then simply email the title and author to thebookclub@crescentsofbrisbane.org


Double click a book cover to find out what others think of the book


CCN has set up an online Book Club at Shelfari to connect with CCN book readers at:


Using the book club you can see what books fellow CCN readers have on their shelves, what they are reading and even what they, and others, think of them.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I'm dealing with a few injuries at the moment, but do not want to stop training as I know it will take me a long time to get back to the level I'm at right now. I've also been advised by my doctor to try and keep exercising if possible. What do you recommend I do?

A: Maintain that positive attitude of yours, no matter what!


A person's belief in their ability to get better is vital during the recovery process.

Start by setting yourself a new set of training / fitness goals. Be realistic and be patient.


Allow yourself enough time to heal properly.

If you're over anxious and rush the healing process, you may just set yourself up for more serious injuries which may cost you even more time.

If your injuries allow you to still continue certain parts of your training, then do so, and restructure whatever parts you need to, even if means cutting some out completely.


REMEMBER: Go slower, arrive sooner!

All the best and N-JOY!


Ladies, please take full advantage of the following:




Suburb: Sunnybank

Park: Conondale Park

Activity: Women's walk n talk group challenge Improve your posture with walking while challenging yourself with mini exercise drills in the park. Bring a towel, hat and bottled water.

Age: 10+ years

Cost: FREE

When: Every Sat 9 May to 13 Jun

Time: 9-10am

Meeting Point: Park entry


Please contact Kareema if you need any additional information.




My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

(Accredited Member of Fitness Queensland)


Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.


KB's Culinary Corner


   Quick Mini Pizza Quiches

1 cup chicken fillet finely chopped and cooked in
   1 Tab of oil/ghee
   1 tsp green chillies
   ½ tsp salt
   1/4tsp crushed jeeru/cumin
   1tsp ginger garlic paste

Remove from the stove and add

1 cup grated cheese
¼ cup green pepper finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
2 eggs – lightly beaten
5 Tab Flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
2 Tab Mayonnaise
1 cup corn kernels/mixed vegetables


Place in greased patty pans, sprinkle with oreganum or chilli flakes and bake at 180 degrees until light brown.

Serve warm

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


The CCN Chuckle




Jallaluddin visited Mula Nasruddin in hospital and took his portable keyboard along.


He told some jokes and sang some funny songs at Mula Nasruddin's bedside.


When he finished he said, in farewell, “I hope you get better.”


Mula Nasruddin replied, “I hope you get better, too.”

Notice Board


Click on image to enlarge


Muslim Youth



International Food Festival GC Mosque

Everything Turkish'09

Burmese Film & Food Night

World Refugee Day


AIIC Annual Fund Raiser

Course: Road to Recovery

Women in Afghanistan

Hajj Workshop



Speed Intros

Get Engaged

Media Training for Muslim Youth

GUMSA Seminars

Golf Weekend


Tafseer at Bald Hills

Islamic Classes for Teenagers

AMAL Muslim Helpline




The CCN Date Claimer







(Click on link)





24 May


Muslim Youth Summit

MYServices & various organizations

Griffith University,

M10 1.30

0432 271 601

9.30am to 1.30pm

30 May


Open Day: Islam: Myth & Reality

Islamic Society of Central Qld.

Rockhampton Mosque

0434 371 737

10am to 2pm

31 May



Islamic Society of Gold Coast

Gold Coast Mosque

0412 601 152

10.00am till late

31 May


Everything Turkish'09

Queensland Intercultural Society

428 Algester Rd, Algester

0422 318 531

10.00am till late

6-8 June


Golf Weekend

Shahaad Suleman

Coral Cove Golf Resort

0404 280 582

All Day

14 June


Haj Workshop: Abu Muneer Ismail Davids

Lutwyche Mosque

Lutwyche Mosque

18000 ISLAM

10am TO 5pm

16 June


Women in Afghanistan: Challenges & Hopes

Griffith Uni

Multifaith Centre

Griffith Uni

Multifaith Centre

0404 280 582

7.15pm TO 9.30pm

20 June


Annual Fund Raiser

Australian International Islamic College

724 Blunder Rd. DURACK

3372 1400

6pm TO 8.30pm

28 June


World Refugee Day Festival

Multicultural Development Assn

Annerley Soccer Grounds

333 7 5400

All day

19 July



Lailatul Me'raj

10 July


Sounds of Light Concert 2009

Human Appeal International

QPAC, Southbank

1300 760 155


17 July


Speed Intros for Muslims

Julu Latif

Sebel Citigate Hotel, Brisbane

0400 142 786


25 July


USQ Islamic Centre Open Day

Islamic Soc. of Toowoomba

USQ Islamic Centre, TOOWOOMBA


10.30am to 3pm

26 July


Mini Tennis Tournament

Shabir Elias

Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus

0415 467 868


6 August



Lailatul Baraat

22 August



Start of Ramadhan

16 September



Lailatul Qadr

19 September



End of Ramadhan

20 September




26 September



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0418 722 353

All day

27 September


MBN Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network

The Coffee Club, RNA Showground



3 October


QPS/EECQ Cup: 2009 Qld Multicultural football tournament



0438 114 619

9am to 5pm

3 October


Eid Dinner

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque, 219 Douglas St, Oxley

0418 757 157


4 October







0438 114 619

9am to 5pm

24 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297


27 November




18 December



Islamic New Year


To claim your date for your event email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.




The ladies Taaleem programme this Thursday will be at the home of

Fatima Gutta

13 Stiller Drive, Kuraby.

TOPIC: How to get close to Allah

For any enquiries telephone:3219 8786

 All Ladies Welcome!

Sunnah Inspirations


Contact: 0408 270 421

University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia


Every Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Sharh Riyad-us-Saliheen (An Explanation of 'Gardens of the Righteous'

Venue: Prayer Room, University of Queensland

Time: 6.45pm to 7.30pm


Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 7pm to 7.50pm

Every Friday

Subject: Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the Qur'an)

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 8pm to 9pm


Sunnah Inspirations is a non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim social support and supplying information to Muslims and non-Muslims.  They have been doing various activities around Australia, and have organised Da'wah information stalls at various universities in Brisbane.  More info can be found on their website above.


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Catch Crescents Community News at


Please feel free to post an entry on our Wall, start up a Discussion thread and/or become a Fan.


Useful Links


Crescents Community News (CCN) Readers' Forum

 Discussion Forum & Social Network for CCN Readers

Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

Promoting the study and awareness of the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland

Young Muslims of Queensland

Social network for young Muslims of Brisbane

Sunnah Inspirations

Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions

Kuraby Mosque

Holland Park Mosque


Provide young Muslim women in Queensland with support and opportunities to express themselves

Gold Coast Mosque

New website

South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)

Muslim Womens' Convert Support Group (MWCSG)

Network of Muslim women converts from the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas of Queensland.

Australian International Islamic College (Durack)

Eidfest 2009

Kotku Mosque - Dubbo NSW

Islamic Society of Algester


If you would like a link to your website email ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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It is the usual policy of CCN to include from time to time, notices of events that some readers may find interesting or relevant. Such notices are often posted as received. Including such messages or providing the details of such events does not necessarily imply endorsement of the contents of these events by either CCN or Crescents of Brisbane Inc.